Spider-Man’s vampiric nemesis will have to wait a while longer to make his cinematic debut, it seems, as Sony puts back the Morbius movie.

This time last year, if you would have put money on Jared Leto reappearing as the villainous Joker before making his bow as the equally monstrous Morbius, the ever-living vampire, well, let’s just say you would have probably got some decent odds.

Following 2016’s Suicide Squad, Leto’s short reign as the Clown Prince of Crime seemed over and Morbius was a solid lock to release by the summer of 2020. Then of course, the world changed and now we look set to witness Leto’s unlikely reincarnation as the Joker in Zack Snyder’s Justice League before we see him appear in this one.

Sony then, has elected to push back the release of Morbius from March to October, according to Deadline, as film studios continue to deal with the ongoing fallout of the Covid pandemic.

This marks the third such delay for the film. Also, there is the potential for further delays here too: whilst Sony’s interconnected ‘Spider-verse’ is dwarfed by Marvel Studio’s MCU, plans are still afoot to connect their films. Whether that means Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage will need to be pushed back in turn, remains to be seen.

We’re looking forward to seeing Leto does alongside a promising cast including Jared Harris and Tyrese Gibson in Morbius. The tortured, brooding vampire certainly feels like a better fit for the actor than the Joker, but we’ll have to wait for a while longer to see his take on the character. More news as we have it.

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